No, White MAGA Friend—You Weren’t “Embarrassed” by Barack Obama

I remember the day after the Election, a friend of mine who happens to be white, remarked on social media that he “finally wasn’t embarrassed of America and our President.”

I sprained my eyes rolling them and they have never fully recovered.

Since then I’ve heard this sentiment echoed by more white folks than I can count, especially in recent months; supposed relief at once again having a leader who instills pride.

Since I don’t have the time to ask each of the individually, I’ll ask here:

So, you were embarrassed for the past 8 years, huh? 

Really?

What exactly were you embarrassed by?

Were you embarrassed by his lone and enduring twenty-five year marriage to a strong woman he’s never ceased to publicly praise, respect, or cherish?

Were you embarrassed by the way he lovingly and sweetly parented and protected his daughters?

Were you embarrassed by his Columbia University degree in Political Science or his graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School?

Maybe you were embarrassed by his white American and Black Kenyan parents, or the diversity he was raised in as normal?

Were you embarrassed by his eloquence, his quick wit, his easy humor, his seeming comfort meeting with both world leaders and street cleaners; by his bright smile or his sense of empathy or his steadiness—perhaps by his lack of personal scandals or verbal gaffes or impulsive tirades?

No. Of course you weren’t.

Honestly, I don’t believe you were ever embarrassed. That word implies an association that brings ridicule, one that makes you ashamed by association, and if that’s something you claim to have experienced over the past eight years by having Barack Obama representing you in the world—I’m going to suggest you rethink your word choice.

You weren’t “embarrassed” by Barack Obama.

You were threatened by him.
You were intimidated by him.
You were challenged by him.
You were triggered by him.

But I don’t believe it had anything to do with his resume or his experience or his character or his conduct in office—because you seem fully proud right now to be associated with a three-time married, serial adulterer and confessed predator; a man whose election and business dealings and relationships are riddled with controversy and malfeasance. You’re perfectly fine being represented by a bullying, vile, obnoxious, genitalia-grabbing, Tweet-ranting, Prime Minister-shoving charlatan who’s managed to offend all our allies and alienate millions of our citizens in a few short months. And you’re okay with him putting on religious faith like a rented, dusty, ill-fitting tuxedo and immediately tossing it in the garbage when he’s finished with it.

None of that you’re embarrassed by? I wonder how that works.

Actually, I’m afraid I have an idea.

Listen, you’re perfectly within your rights to have disagreed with Barack Obama’s policies or to have taken issue with his tactics. No one’s claiming he was a flawless politician or a perfect human being. But somehow I don’t think that’s what we’re talking about here. I think the thing President Obama did that really upset you, white friend—was having a complexion that was far darker than you were ever comfortable with. I think the President we have now feels much better.

Because objectively speaking, if what’s happening in our country right now doesn’t cause you great shame and doesn’t induce the continual meeting of your palm to your face—I don’t believe embarrassment is ever something you struggle with.

No, if you claimed to be embarrassed by Barack Obama but you’re somehow not embarrassed by Donald Trump—I’m going to strongly suggest it was largely a pigmentation issue.

And as an American and a Christian committed to diversity and equality and to the liberty at the heart of this nation—that embarrasses me.

 

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1,755 thoughts on “No, White MAGA Friend—You Weren’t “Embarrassed” by Barack Obama

  1. Huh? Please, may I speak for myself, Mr. JOHN PAVLOVITZ?

    I remain embarrassed by Obama as well as by other’s posing in office. Embarrassed by what? By a government of unelected bureaucrats who create laws with the same force as laws passed by Congress, even though our constitution doesn’t authorize laws coming from any where BUT from Congress. But, genius scholars (like Obama) on the bench of the US Sp Ct have determined that, “ah, what’s the difference, if Congress can pass laws, Congress can delegate its authority to pass laws. Uh huh – how often have you seen a bureaucrat lose an election?

    I was and I remain embarrassed by Obama in particular for a growing fiscal nightmare that our children will be unable to manage. I’m referring to not just the $20 TRILLION dollar deficit, but to the unfunded liabilities that, depending upon who’s figures you use, are between $150 and $200 TRILLION.

    Our fiat currency is following history. Excluding the early paper currencies of China up until the 15th century and the majority of paper currencies that existed in China until 1935, there are 609 currencies no longer in circulation. Of these, at least 153 were destroyed as a result of hyperinflation caused by over-issuance. The remainder were revalued, destroyed by military occupation/liberation, renamed for political reasons, or were converted to another currency. The median age for these currencies is only seventeen years. The federal reserve was created to “stabilize” the U.S. dollar. Odd. There was no history of inflation prior to the fed being created.

    Ed Snowden showed us just how D.C. and how little constitutional scholars/politicians like Obama respect our constitutional privileges. According to our constitution, a search warrant is clearly required before the sovereign can intrude into my sphere of privacy. I would LOVE to set thru a Constitutional law class with Obama.

    I remain embarrassed that we remain at war in various locations around the globe even though our constitution requires that congress and congress only can issue a declaration of war. PLEASE Professor Obama, explain why you are so happy to ignore that Constitutional requirement? And, as I recall, Obama campaign promises included a promise to bring out troops home.

    Speaking of said promises, Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay, but he didn’t – he didn’t even try. And he promised tougher rules against revolving doors for former gubment officials turning into lobbyists. Didn’t quite find time for that either.

    So, yes, I was and I remain embarrassed. Oh, and a big PS – I didn’t vote for Trump, nor for Hillary, nor for the Bushes…

    • Thank you, brian, you said it correctly. Although, I would not call it embarrassment, I would call it surprised and astonished that we allowed it to happen for 8 year. And, his ‘followers’ have continued into the new administration

      • ok abpi9, um where are you today? Talk about presidential overreach. I love how people try to justify the vilification of someone who has actually done something with their lives so they can feel better about their own inadequacies. confirmed racist. Denial is deep. But you are just embarrassed that he (a black man) rose to be something higher than you, and everyone you know.

        • People get over the race issue! Its not the fact that obama was a black man its simply the fact he did NOTHING forcthis country! You obama worshippers just have to to play the race card. If he deserved praising for a job well done I would be the first to pat him on the back. I’m still trying to figure out what he did for some to want to say he was the best! Really?
          That makes me laugh. Those who support obummer should sit down shut your mouth. If we dislike obummer because he is black (so some say) and jealous because he made something out of his life ( so some say)
          Then you are doing the same thing when it comes to President Trump! Jealous because he made something of himself…he has more money than you will ever see, he is a white man who is successful you. Let him do his job, tuck your tails and waddle off to your minimal jobs trying to earn a living. Jealousy and envy do not become you bunch of morons!

          • Well I personally thank Obama for access to good healthcare at a time when as it turned out, I needed it the most. When insurers dropped out of the Marketplace I was still able to get affordable health coverage even with my pre-existing conditions. If Trump had his druthers, I don’t think I would have been so lucky.

          • Obummer? You expect anyone to take you seriously after a remark like that? Get over yourself, you effing moron.

        • Yet YOU are the one who interjected race into the discussion, hon. That’s called ‘projection;. The comical pomposity and self-aggrandizement that you share with the author in asserting that you can divine the motives and thoughts of those who can rationally articulate their reasons for embarrassment and dislike only reveals your own intellectual and moral dishonesty. You can only emote in histrionics because you know that those articulated reasons are far more salient that your vacuous devolution into identity politics.

    • Then of all those things, you must still be embarassed, “brian”… and yet, not one mention of Trump’s name in all that. Odd.

    • Brian when you post please research the facts Congress did vote for the wars. Very law that was pass went through both houses and who control the houses Republicans. Now if you took government in school you would know that the government is set up so no one person have that much power. Now the way things are now our military is in danger and our country is the running joke around the world

      • Punctuation saves lives. Try it. You’ll be amazed at how much sense your sentences will make to all who must endure your rhetoric.

        • Never fails everytime the point can’t be Desputed there is some dumb dumb trying to divert the argument into punctuation issue if you can’t keep up keep you trap closed

      • Thank you. I am always impressed when people point to the Constitution. Seems that most Americans are not familiar with the document.
        I am not an “Obama” worshipper, nor am I a Trump hater. I am an American who believes in the rule of Law and the Constitution. We cannot know the heart of a man. Only God does, and I believe His mandate is that We love one another, no matter the differences political leanings. Difficult, but we didn’t write the book.

    • Like the author stated, you were mad the President was black. You could have written those few words and skipped the thesis.

    • Yes I was not embarrassed but sickened. By I Me Mine ..Puttung his big “0” on Airforce One , by giving guns to militants
      that killed Christian’s and Muslims with no distinction. For doing nothing but drag our country down by going around
      apologizing to country’s bowing at their feet and kissing their rings. You couldn’t
      possibly know any truths about him because the media washed everything
      before it got to the public.
      So it had NOTHING to do with color. I was never on that train. I more than respect our Current president. Trump has done more for America in 20 months than Obama did for 8 years. I dont dwell on his personal life. What he has done in this short amount of time for all of US is short of miraculous.

    • What war did President Obama start? Concerning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan there are now only a few thousand troops there, down from well over 250,000 when he became President.
      Guantanamo had well over two hundred prisoners when Obama became President. From what I read recently there are only around 50 there now.
      Finally, what $150-$200 trillion unfunded liabilities are you talking about? Please inform me so I can respond. Thanks.

      • Lets reflect! “That is a red line for me if They use chemical attacks on innocent women and children.” yep a red line!!! Nonsense! Other “red lines” were violated. All this waffling while smiling created ISIS!! Barack Obama’s personal and direct responsibility!! Stupidity is shared by black and white alike!

    • You really have no idea how much 20 Trillion or 150 Trillion is do you? Also, I don’t hear any embarrassment with Trump exploding the deficit for absolutely no reason. If you don’t remember in 2008, we were bleeding 200,000 jobs a month and nobody was spending any money. We used 2 Trillion to jump start spending and stop what was certainly going to become a depression. Trump just gave away twice that just so his rich friends could stash their money overseas.

    • Brian, somehow you missed the point, and obviously the part when the writer acknowledged that the former president policies and administration can be respectfully disagreed with… however, the context of the letter was that if people are all of a sudden happy now that a WHITE MAN who is LESS QUALIFIED, COMPLETELY IMMORAL, ILL-MANNERED, UNEDUCATED, REPUGNANT and who effortlessly fits almost every other negative description of character that I could think of… if your all of a suddened not embarrassed anymore; the writers opinion is (which I agree with) that the real offense is having a black leader, not having Obama. So, although you gave a “lengthy response” it wasn’t relevant to the letter… If you are going to attempt to come off as intellectual, you’d need to start with reading comprehension would be a good place to start.

    • It is totally clear by your vacuous comments that your “embarrasment” of Obama is not due to any policy or substantial matter.

      First you say that public corporations created by Congress do not have the authority to regulate, that in order to do so they must come to Congress and have legislation proposed, written and approved before they make any decision or take any action necessary in the fulfilment of their duties.

      Nixon, a Republican signed the EPA into existence – all other presidents also hold this to be a correct interpretation of the constitution. You do not.

      Where you embarrassed of Nixon, Reagan, Bush as Well?
      You can also lump in Trump, as the agencies under him are definitely taking action without congressional oversight.

      As far as deficits and debts are concerned you must be horribly embarrassed by Trump’s ballooning the deficit and debt to untold heights – all in order to give himself and his billionaire pals extra cash that they do not need.

      The rest of your puerile missy fit has been a fact for all modern presidents, a question, Carter a man who never started a war was our president, where you embarrassed by him? I bet you were, but I could be mistaken, please tell us.

      Nah, sorry bud, your pontification do not hide your racist and bigoted heart, I understand you better than most since I am a tall blue eyed white man of middle age.

      It’s time you recognized what everyone else can.. you were embarrassed by his skin color – if you are not embarrassed by Trump, then clearly you are a white supremacist.

      No matter how you dice it, best for you to keep quiet or come to grips with your odious character.

      • How easy it is for you to pass judgment on Brian to be a racist, when he clearly states in his comments that isn’t the reason he didn’t like Obama’s Presidency. What other inside information do you have that you can pass on?

    • Bryan, you missed the Pastor’s point completely. He isn’t applauding Obama’s policies. He’s simply talking about the man. In fact he understands the criticism of his policies by you and others. You mentioned wishing you could challenge the former President in a Constitutional Law class. I’ll bet you want the reader to know how qualified you are to teach Law but if you’re not a Law Professor I think I would pay admission to hear you debate Law with Obama. I’m wondering if anybody who knows you has similar feelings about you the man.

    • What President accomplished what he promised that had both houses against him?
      You people are never happy nobody complained when the other Presidents screwed us overand you thought he was going to totally balance the budget with no help!!!! Really???
      We were in a hole long before Obama even got out of college…

    • 1: “By a government of unelected bureaucrats who create laws with the same force as laws passed by Congress, even though our constitution doesn’t authorize laws coming from any where BUT from Congress.” If you’re referring to executive orders, Obama used that constitutional right 276 times, as opposed to 381 by Reagan, 166 by H.W. Bush, 364 by Clinton and 291 by W. Bush. In less than two years, Trump has already used it 86 times. Assuming he has two terms like Obama (which I sincerely hope does not happen) and an average of 8.6 executive orders per month at his current rate, he will reach 825, making him the worst offender by far if we consider them an abuse of power. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_federal_executive_orders)

      2: “I’m referring to not just the $20 TRILLION dollar deficit, but to the unfunded liabilities that, depending upon who’s figures you use, are between $150 and $200 TRILLION.”
      Firstly, you’re confusing the deficit with the debt. The budget deficit (or surplus) is how much over or under budget the government is each year. The federal debt is the accumulation of all budget deficits over time, and it currently stands at over $21 trillion. (Source: https://www.thebalance.com/the-u-s-debt-and-how-it-got-so-big-3305778) Secondly, context is important. Yes, Obama contributed the largest dollar amount to the debt in his presidency, but he stepped into his first year facing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. This was followed by a second recession in 2011. Combined with the debt that was passed from the previous administration for the wars that the REPUBLICANS started (which as of this year reached an accumulated $2 trillion), Obama’s administration had to deal with out-of-control military spending, bailouts for multiple industries (which ultimately stabilized the auto industry in particular) and led to massive gains in employment. (Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/us-budget-deficit-2011-7) Who is the second highest contributor to the debt? W. Bush. Who is set to contribute more than $1 trillion to it this year alone? Trump…and he’s doing it during a healthy economic upturn.

      3: “I remain embarrassed that we remain at war in various locations around the globe even though our constitution requires that congress and congress only can issue a declaration of war.”
      Which war are you referring to? The “war on terror” was initiated during the Bush administration. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorization_for_Use_of_Military_Force_Against_Terrorists) It was later extended to include other conflicts, all still within the purview of the resolution. The war in Iraq was initiated during the Bush administration. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_Resolution) Obama initiated the withdrawal of troops from both wars while still managing to capture Osama bin Laden. This extends into your claim about Guantanamo Bay. Who voted to block its closure? The Republican-controlled Senate. (Source: https://thehill.com/policy/defense/272294-republicans-move-to-oppose-closing-gitmo)

      You’re not embarrassed by Obama. You’re threatened by someone who doesn’t share the same worldview as you.

      • Daniel, all I have to say to that is, “Bravo!” Apparently Bryan learned all that Constitutional law he would use to shred Obama in their “debate” from Faux News.

    • Brian is a typical person, who judge people by their skin color and not by their content of who they are. The truly sad thing is he would like President Obama if he met him. B like trump because he looks like him, it doesn’t matter that trump is a clown, racist, bully and a womanizer.

    • I don’t know why this needs to be repeated over and over and over again but the war that started after a certain terrorist attack, still on-ongoing and NOT STARTED by the Obama administration, caused the massive deficit you speak of. Obama pulled us out of a massive recession — he did not cause it. This has been said so many times my head could spin and it’s a total and complete lie. At the least, a massive exaggeration.

      Funny you speak of the constitution which the current so-called president pretty much refuses to acknowledge and he sure as hell does not understand it. He fully believes he is above the law. Trump has zero respect for any law that he can’t benefit from somehow.

      And PS if you don’t vote you really don’t have a right to bitch.

  2. This conversation that begins with “No, White Friend“ is ripe with racism and divisiveness. Race baiting is a tool used by racist liberals to accuse those who disagree with them, of being racist.
    Obama, known as the Great Divider, was the first president to pit Christians against Muslims. He was the first president to assume our law enforcement was guilty until proven innocent i.e. Baltimore, St Louis, Baton Rouge. Let us judge Obama by the company he chose to keep. Louis Farrakhan, who he invited to the White House, said Hitler was a great man. Reverend Wright, Obama’s spiritual leader for 20 years, said G-damn America. Michelle Obama, said she had never been proud to be an American prior to 2008.
    Every major presidential decision made by Obama was against the best interest of the American people, i. e. providing $150billion to the terrorist Iranian regime; prolonging the war against ISIS, who Trump has quickly defeated; and allowing America’s military strength to dwindle down to dangerous levels, just to name a few.
    The key to understanding Obama is to look at what he did, not at what he said he would do, i.e. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care insurance, you can keep your health care insurance”. Obama’s legacy is rooted in Eight years of solid failure. The shadow government that he allowed to become entrenched has been exposed.

    • Frank Waltman – Exactly! The very fact that this “pastor” addresses white people only and assumes that it was the color of his skin that we disagreed with is despicable.

      John Pavlovitz – this article is presumptive, judgmental, and frankly racist. It in no way reflects the God I know.

      • Yet, you say nothing about a man who says that he doesn’t need Gods forgiveness. Based on your comments, I can guarantee you’re white. This article is right on the money, Obama’s opposition was and continues to be a color based opposition. Be warned, another person of color will be president. A woman, gay, Muslim, Buddhist, Jew, Indian, Native American, will be President. It will happen and you will be gone from the earth to complain about it. People who think like you will eventually be weeded out, thinned out blood line and the human race will go on without you.

      • I agree with you. I think it’s shameful to be so judgmental and discriminatory towards an entire race, Especially coming from a religious leader.

    • I wonder what Times was looking at when they put Obama on the cover at least 10 times. Trump made it on the cover by being spanked with it by a porn star and yet no one is embarrassed. By the way, Obama couldn’t force doctors to stay put, but I’m happy that mine did.

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  4. I am embarrassed that seemingly every media outlet and all of Washington is intent on staging a coup d’etat against a sitting president who won the electoral college in a landslide.

  5. John, I think your essay was spot on. I guess I’m one of those 61-year-old white snowflake libtards. Well educated with an honors degree from a top flight university, a volunteer in my community, a father of three respectable and kind children and a successful manager in the mortgage business for 30 odd years earning a six figure income. You can argue policy and decisions made but you can’t argue character and integrity. Obama had plenty of that. The “arguments” against Obama come down to, at best, perceptions of how he governed, not to what he said and did. The biggest knock against him was that he was slow to arrive at a final decision because he took his responsibility seriously keeping history and the Constitution in mind and how his decision would affect all parties. The contrast to Trump is stunning and it is Trumps mouth and thumbs that tell the story every single day. My 94 year old father voted for a Democrat in 2016 for the first time in his life because he couldn’t reward a man of such low character with the highest office in the country. ‘Nuff said.

  6. No…yall weren’t embarrassed by Obuma supporting and advocating same sex marriage. No…yall weren’t embarrassed by Obuma threatening to withhold federal school funds if the schools didnt implement unisex bathrooms. No…yall weren’t embarrassed by Obuma not enforcing our existing laws and embracing DACA.
    But I was…and I STILL AM!!!
    And one last thing…I am a Black man. Obuma is Kenyan/American. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE!!

    • A “Black” man or woman for that matter is a term used to describe descendants of AFRICANS brought to America as slaves. You only refer to yourself as black because you don’t know what part of Africa your ancestors came from. If we had known where our ancestors came from it’s quite possible (more than likely) that we would have never used the term black because we wouldn’t have had the need to. So naw Black man there isn’t a difference between you and Obama in that sense.

  7. In this epoch of US history, “embarrassment” about a president, et al, is irrelevant to the extreme. What matters, all that matters, is outcomes and whether they are beneficial or destructive of individual rights, liberty and freedom under our Constitution.

    It was narcissistic and small of Mrs. Obama to declare that she was finally proud of America when her husband was elected.

    What is relevant is that America is a house divided against itself and what that indicates for our future. Our nation is in dire straights. As a nation is “The People”, I’m not so sure the nation of America still exists, rather having been dissolved into warring tribes defined by PC and not-PC categorizations/intersections.

    For way over a decade, politicians/activists, especially those claiming to be for equality, et al, have pitted Americans against each other in a clear Divide Et Impera strategy by instituting authoritarian-collectivist systems of governance in America, both of institutions and withing government itself.

    So rant about superfluous and irrelevant minutiae all you want, but you will remain irrelevant. I suspect you capable of being better than that.

  8. The majority of American voters elected a black president twice. Either 80 million racists overcame their “threatened triggered bigotry” in the voting booths or they voted out a party with disastrous economic policies, hectoring imbecile elites and a president who engineered more catastrophic unemployment, poverty, income inequality, racial division and national debt in 8 years than all 44 presidents before him combined.
    Support blacks, Hispanics and women? Obama didn’t. Those groups were hit with the most crippling unemployment rates over nearly a decade of unprecedented incompetence and anti-growth economic policies. Don’t take my word for it. Tear yourself away from Salon.com or just deign to google it for five minutes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2013/12/31/barack-obamas-presidency-is-a-complete-failure-by-his-own-self-imposed-standards/#20d9f25214a5
    In contrast after one year of the current “racist” administration blacks, Hispanic and women are benefiting from their highest employment rates in history. Which president cares about minorities more? Which one contributed solely to the wealth of the top 20% for 8 years ? The only minority who saw income rise steadily during his run were affluent whites.
    I’m deeply embarrassed but not by Trump. By YOU. The financially, politically and historically illiterate, the sanctimonious, self-obsessed, overprivileged, shrieking pseudo-victim hierarchy, the bottomlessly hypocritical, infantile, bullying, mindless herd.
    The fact that you’re a pastor and indoctrinating anyone with your deeply racist, un-Christian, anti-American intolerant self-loathing and shallow myopia scares the shit out of me. But I’ll bet I have more faith in individuals than you do.

    • A “Black” man or woman for that matter is a term used to describe descendants of AFRICANS brought to America as slaves. You only refer to yourself as black because you don’t know what part of Africa your ancestors came from. If we had known where our ancestors came from it’s quite possible (more than likely) that we would have never used the term black because we wouldn’t have had the need to. So naw Black man there isn’t a difference between you and Obama in that sense.

    • 1) When Obama won the election BOTH times it was because of record voter turnout. If that same number of people turned out in 2016 Trump would not have won the ELECTORAL college. More people voted against Trump thats why he LOST the popular vote……

      2) The article you linked just shows that the great recession aka the new Depression took years to fix and Obama wasn’t willing to steal MORE land from the Native American and endanger our environment. the pipeline would support the extraction of crude oil from oil sands, a process that pumps more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than standard crude oil extraction.

      3) The economy was already on a steady upwards trajectory before Trump became president. Trump claiming credit is no different from what other presidents do but informed citizens already know this so your great economy under Trump claim bears no weight.

      4) The unemployment figures only calculate those who are reporting for unemployment NOT the underemployed or those who have maxed out or given up and don’t receive unemployment anymore.

      5) The republicans NEVER worked with Obama and always worked against him. He was President not King …. Many bills he tried to get passed including an Infrastructure bill was blocked by a Republican Majority house and senate.

      6) Last but not least RACISM is NOT calling out White people who are more comfortable voting for and sticking up for a man who fits ALL the criteria of a Racist. Since I don’t ” know his heart” lets agree that at the very least his rhetoric is bigoted.

      Racism is the belief that another race is superior than the “other” and only has power to do harm when INSTITUTIONS with racism as the chief cornerstone of its building houses ,subjugates and discriminates against those who are “Others”.

      So unless the writer is writing about the inferiority of white people , or calling for the extermination of white people or claiming that white people are subhuman or claiming that white people should only have second class citizenship, or is advocating policies that would disenfranchise white people It’s not racist.

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  10. You sir are wrong of this “white person”! I was not embarrassed because he was called black (which he’s only 1/2 black) but because he was such a liar and no I still don’t believe he was born in the USA. If he was, he would have proven it right off the bat and not caused such a commotion over it. I would have been proud of a black president! He and his wife both had their license to practice law taken away because they are dishonest and don’t forget he went to college as a foreign student. So which was he? An American or a foreigner?! More than anything else you should be ashamed of him because he believes human life is worthless. I assume you believe the same or you wouldn’t have voted for him. God told us he knew us in the womb. You sir need to read your Bible again IF you ever have in the first place. I as a minister am ashamed of YOU! Christian? I think not!

    • There is only one reason to believe Obama may not have born in the United States, considering he released his long-form birth certificate and Hawaii confirmed the authenticity. That reason is racism. You are a racist. This article is talking about you. You say he’s wrong about you, then you immediately prove how right he is.

    • Well Rev. Actually the Bible speaks of knowing Jeremiah (us) before he (we) was formed in the womb… however, like you, I completely disagreed with many of the policies in Obama’s Administration… and I am completely comfortable with anyone else who disagrees with him. However, my stand on abortion or any other policy that designates with my Christian values or opinions will not cause me to overlook the deplorable character of President Trump. It amazes me how we (Christian community) was encouraged to overlook our disagreements with Bush’s Administration and pray for those in authority, however, the same community were encouraged to pray against Obama. Now we seem to be back to being encouraged to pray again… well looks, smells like good old rascism to me. Once again I agree with the writer

    • Wanda,

      I think this link might be of great interest to you. It’s a link to FactCheck.org. and it addresses your concerns about Obama’s birth certificate and license to practice law. I suspect you’ve already read the section that starts with “Full Question” so I recommend skipping to the section that starts with “Full Answer.”

      God bless,

      Penny

    • You’re a Christian? Last I check Christ required redemption but Trump says he doesn’t need God’s forgiveness. How does that fit into your bible? Oh, and when trump was asked “As Jesus asked Peter, who do you say Jesus is?” He had no answer? Your conduct about Obama is not only evil but not Christian at all and based on your hatred, you voted for Trump. Your soul is so dark that even light can’t escape and when you stand before our Lord for judgement, “But what about Hillary” will NOT work as an excuse.

    • Obviously, you don’t know anything about google, or any other search engine to find any FACTS before you comment. If you actually did a little bit of searching for the facts, rather than listening to what Conspiracy theorist told you, then you would know that They didn’t lose their license, Obama didn’t go to college as a foreign student…..and he was born in Hawaii.

    • Mr Obama DID prove his birth and provide the birth certificate – which, BTW, no other President was asked for. Neither Barack nor Michelle had their licenses revoked; both voluntarily gave up their license to avoid the continuing education required to maintain a law license.

      Thanks for continuing the lies spread by the GOP, who made up those lies for racist reasons. Stow your fake “righteous” indignation. It’s people like you who are the real danger to the US.

  11. Ahh, so the point of the whole article is racism. Doesn’t it always come to the same -ism conclusions from the Left? The reason we did not like Obama, dear Pastor, is because he gave every indication of being a Progressive/Socialist/Communist in sheep’s clothing. Color of skin is inconsequential. And if you doubt that, I would have voted quite easily for Ben Carson over ANY Democrat candidate. Would you have voted for Ben Carson over any white person, dear Pastor? You wouldn’t? Then by YOUR definition, you are a racist! If they were running, I would vote for Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Walter Williams, Larry Elder, Condoleeza Rice and a host of others, because it is what is INSIDE that counts to me.

    You tick off every perceived flaw of Donald Trump, and we all know he has his flaws, but our wonderful Mainstream Media picks and probes at every potential flaw of Trump and magnifies it a hundred fold, exaggerating and sometimes lying in the process. In contrast, they deliberately hide information about Obama and Hillary, how in the world would you KNOW that you knew everything about them? They are the darlings of the MSM. The media has now lost all pretense of objectivity, do you even doubt that? Honestly?

    I feel sorry for your congregation. You, sir, appear to be an activist in pastor’s clothing. You are doing harm to the church that you probably claim to love. You do not stand for justice, you are selective in your justice and select on the basis of skin color, at least at a minimum. You, of all people, offered NO objectivity in your screed against Trump and the people who voted for him. You offer no sympathy to the very deep and well thought out beliefs of people in the Church. I’m a Christian myself, but sometimes you have to stand for the truth even if it means calling out ‘one of your own’.

    • Mark

      Would you please enlighten us as to which LIES were told about #45 by the media?

      And guess what. You don’t have to be born in the USA to be citizen…You must be a CHILD of a US citizen.

      Was Christ not an activist? Did he not believe in helping everyone. I believe sir, that Christ himself was a progressive, socialist.
      And just so we are clear , socialism and communism are not the same thing. https://www.investopedia.com/video/play/difference-between-communism-and-socialism/ You can’t really be both.

      • oh wow – look at you. If all of the lies that 45 has told were brought out in the open, would you believe it? Even the people who work with him, republicans, confirm his lies. Ya know you can be a republican and conservative and not have to have Trump as your leader. It’s ok. Because when the rule of law is no longer important, that will ruin your life too. It wont matter what kind of government we have, you can argue until the cows come home, you will not be free anymore. Rule of law, forget about democrat and republican, once the rule of law is not obeyed and upheld, none of us are free. None. And that is why people left other lands to come here. Because they can rely on the rule of law.

    • Lot of y’all watch fox I would comment but no one on here watched c span to really see what went down in the Congress but that’s ok if you where embarrassed by Obama then you didn’t really watch his moves you watched fox he killed the recession in 6 years when it was going to take ten years but his resolve took ten years that’s why the economy is good and wages are up all him yeah Trump has good numbers he came in the office with them so when you say our economy and job growth and wages are good well Obama set that up not Trump we got 3.4 trillion dollar deficit coming next year that the one percent don’t have to touch because his tax cuts went to them and thanks to his international polices the stock market looks like it will set records on lost just like Bush it will end up with us back in recession and another thing I didn’t like Obama international. Policies but when someone got touched from America he went in and got they ads but Trump let’s all run over us

  12. umm, I was not embarrassed but highly offended by him…sitting in rev wrights church for 20 years knowing he had to have the same view point as him…bring friends with louis farakhha cause you are kown by the compamy you keep..supporting the black panthers…bowing to middle east leaders and then lying about it…depleating out military…admitting he would always side with muslims, supporting thugs while disrespecting
    police officers, refusing to open his college info because he was here as a foreign student. my list will go on and on because Obama was the biggest fraud.

  13. There’s some textbook white fragility in these comments. (see, Robin Di Angelo, ‘White Fragility’) Any mention of race and some people LOSE. THEIR. MINDS. But as a Black woman, I actually find it fascinating (and a little amusing).

  14. Mr. Pavlovitz,
    You have written many posts with which I disagreed,but there were always several others that applauded and patted you on the back. The responses here, however, are quite different – and not because you struck a nerve. You overstepped the line. The original comment that set you off on these observations was obviously a reflection of Michelle Obama’s snarky remarks about finally being proud of her own country. Why did you go so far afield then and wind up accusing so many of us of racism and bigotry?
    “[he had] a complexion that was far darker than you were ever comfortable with. ”
    Many others have answered more thoroughly and wisely than I could, and I am thankful for their eloquence. You really should be more careful who you address and how you accuse them.

  15. Question for Trump supporters, Does Donald Trump reflect the God you know, is he a good role model for your kids, would you want your kids acting, and talking like him?

  16. This is one white woman who was never embarrassed, threatened, or enraged by having Barack Obama as our president. I was proud to have him, and his family, represent our country to the world at large.

    Did I agree with everything he did? Absolutely not. But I don’t see how any president can always please everyone. I believe he has a firm moral compass, that is based on the idea of doing the greatest good not just in the U.S., but also abroad. Did it always succeed.? Well, no. But those issues are separate from the kind of man he appears to be. I wish we had more politicians like him.

    Now, I can tell you which president I do find embarrassing. But that is an opinion best kept to myself!

  17. I was embarrassed by his 7 wars when he only inherrited 4 from bush.

    I am embarrassed that for the first time in history, a standing president assassinated a US citizen with a drone strike, a 16 yo minor with no terrorist ties no less, with no due process.

    I am embarrassed that he never closed Guantanamo bay.

    I am embarrassed that he pardoned Bush’s war crimes.

  18. You’re not a true man of God. If you were, you wouldn’t make blanket claims like this. To assume that race is the only reason that a white man would say this about Obama, is ludacris. It also shows your inability to comprehend or accept any viewpoint that doesn’t match your own. I was embarrassed by a president who was trying to fundamentally change America, who supported the killing of babies, who made apologies for America that never needed to be made and for many other reasons. I’m also embarrassed by ignorant race baiters like yourself,

  19. Thank you for your article and no I was never embarrassed by former President Obama, but I am with Trump. Don’t consider him to be what we need as a leader for our nation, but of course, there are some who will not agree with me and they have that right. I saw a sign on Facebook that said ‘I need money to travel back in time so I can give the father of Trump a condom’ just thought I’d end my comment with a laugh. God Bless you!

  20. I get it you’re enamored by Obama. Good for you! You have a mancrush on him. And of course it takes a racial turn. No surprise there. Someone needs to point out something to this hypocrite of a pastor as he obviously missed the day this was discussed in seminary class.

    Matthew 7:1-5 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. It is not your place to assume or pass judgement as to why someone was disgusted with Obama.

    • There is a difference between CONDEMNING someone, making a considered decision/ coming to sensible conclusions. and Calling people out for their unG_dly behavior (since we are using the word of G_d as a reference) .

  21. Embarrassed? No. I voted for him. And consequently he led the charge into the swamp by turning a healthcare program into a tax on the American people that direct deposited into the hands of the very 1% he had tools such as yourself calling Enemy. Now my healthcare is 400% It’s pre Obama cost, and big pharma and insurance companies enjoy record profits as a result of your guys pure slime. Take your white guilt and putt it directly in your butt.

  22. You so-called Christians need to read more bible. You would support people who oppose abortion and gay marriage two things that most likely won’t ever become illegal because it’s what? Pleasing to G_d ??
    Nothing is new under the son, babies been being murdered and homosexuality been going on. It is a spirit of perversion. The bible says our weapons are not carnal but Mighty through G_D for the tearing down of STRONGHOLDS… Yet you all ride hard for a political party FULL of FAKE Christians. How bout you all fast and pray and pursue a life of holiness so that their can be power in your prayers? You all would rather vote for people who like you disagree with these things ( which can only be changed by spiritual warfare) even though the other policies they push for disenfranchise certain groups of people, further enrich the rich and undercut gov programs that help the poor and working poor not to mention their stance on healthcare, social security and wage growth. Which are things that your vote can actually impact. I guarantee you G_d hates all sin not just the Terrible Twosome Politicians use to get your vote. “And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages (Why wont your “Christian” politicians support a living wage raise) , the widow, and the fatherless, ( Why won’t your “Christian” politicians support welfare help for it’s citizens but will support corporate welfare hello who got 99% of that republican tax break) and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. ( The fear-mongering about black and brown immigrants are coming from again the so called “Christian” politicians who want “merit ” based immigration in a land that was stolen to begin with)

  23. You left out that your hero signed a tax bill that will increase what your kids pay by a trillion bucks. Frigging idiot.

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